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Executive director Richard Russell and his wife Cynthia with gala chairwoman Rachel Worthington and husband, board chair Don Worthington
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Executive director Richard Russell and his wife Cynthia with gala chairwoman Rachel Worthington and husband, board chair Don Worthington

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The ballroom was decorated with a Chinese pagoda created especially for the event as well as silk lanterns, and centerpieces made from bamboo and orchids designed by Elegant Designs Floral Art Studio.
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | The ballroom was decorated with a Chinese pagoda created especially for the event as well as silk lanterns, and centerpieces made from bamboo and orchids designed by Elegant Designs Floral Art Studio.

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Each table had a beautiful centerpiece made from bamboo and orchids designed by Elegant Designs Floral Art Studio.
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Each table had a beautiful centerpiece made from bamboo and orchids designed by Elegant Designs Floral Art Studio.

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Silk lanterns hung high in the ballroom.
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Silk lanterns hung high in the ballroom.

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Table setting
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Table setting

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Michelle Jaros and Dan Robinson
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Michelle Jaros and Dan Robinson

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Chinese fans were on display throughout the lobby and guests were encouraged to take one.
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Chinese fans were on display throughout the lobby and guests were encouraged to take one.

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Eleanor and Bruce Ballard
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Eleanor and Bruce Ballard

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Robert Singer, Myrtle Hylton and Charles Harshbarger
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Robert Singer, Myrtle Hylton and Charles Harshbarger

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Mary Lou Loughlin and Bob Ploussard
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Mary Lou Loughlin and Bob Ploussard

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Gail Briley and Frances Vitale
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Gail Briley and Frances Vitale

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Bill and Annette Lloyd
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Bill and Annette Lloyd

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Annette Lloyd
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Annette Lloyd

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Louis and Elizabeth Wery with Ellyn Drummond and Scott Bushey
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Louis and Elizabeth Wery with Ellyn Drummond and Scott Bushey

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Elizabeth and Louis Wery
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Elizabeth and Louis Wery

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Ellyn Drummond and Scott Bushey
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Ellyn Drummond and Scott Bushey

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Chinese paper fans and a candleholder with the Chinese characters for “good luck”.
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Chinese paper fans and a candleholder with the Chinese characters for “good luck”.

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Douglas Moppert and Shirley Andrews
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Douglas Moppert and Shirley Andrews

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Frieda DaGrosa, Mary Zabin and Marina Anderson
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Frieda DaGrosa, Mary Zabin and Marina Anderson

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Marcia Frankel and Bert Fivelson
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Marcia Frankel and Bert Fivelson

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Richard Russell and Linda Carson
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Richard Russell and Linda Carson

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Hank and Suzanne Foster with Carol and Les Brualdi
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Hank and Suzanne Foster with Carol and Les Brualdi

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Bill and Rebecca Tompkins
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Bill and Rebecca Tompkins

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Erik and Sandra Lindqvist
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Erik and Sandra Lindqvist

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Mike and Deanna Creaturo
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Mike and Deanna Creaturo

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Michael and Sonia Gibson
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Michael and Sonia Gibson

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Michel and Laurence Monsellier
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Michel and Laurence Monsellier

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Laurence Monsellier in a dress designed by David Walker
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Laurence Monsellier in a dress designed by David Walker

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Wendy and Jerry Feinstein
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Wendy and Jerry Feinstein

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Jerry and Beathe Elden
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Jerry and Beathe Elden

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Chairwoman Rachael Worthington with co-chairmen Richard Ferrell and Jonathan Coleman
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Chairwoman Rachael Worthington with co-chairmen Richard Ferrell and Jonathan Coleman

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Elissa Soyken in a dress by Jovani
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Elissa Soyken in a dress by Jovani

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Phil King and Dennis Stover
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Phil King and Dennis Stover

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Tom and Marjie Peter
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Tom and Marjie Peter

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Lisa and Vincent DiSimone
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Lisa and Vincent DiSimone

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Herb Kaufman, Emily Varnell, Maija Kaufman and Ray Varnell
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Herb Kaufman, Emily Varnell, Maija Kaufman and Ray Varnell

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Marsha and Dick Johnson
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Marsha and Dick Johnson

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Douglas Crossan and Marilyn Bezner
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Douglas Crossan and Marilyn Bezner

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Martin Martel and Bonny Heet
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Martin Martel and Bonny Heet

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Tom Jones, Valerie Leatherwood and Larry English
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Tom Jones, Valerie Leatherwood and Larry English

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Anna Nekoranec and Bengt Niebuhr
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Anna Nekoranec and Bengt Niebuhr

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Richard Russell with Molly Schechter and Harold Ronson
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Richard Russell with Molly Schechter and Harold Ronson

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David and Jacqueline Morton
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | David and Jacqueline Morton

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John Nigh and Claudia McCorkle with Annette and Bill Lloyd
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | John Nigh and Claudia McCorkle with Annette and Bill Lloyd

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Amy and George Kane
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Amy and George Kane

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Judy and Jack Bloch
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Judy and Jack Bloch

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Stephanie and Josh McCoy
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Stephanie and Josh McCoy

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Jeanne Auten and Dr. Sam Fichera
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Jeanne Auten and Dr. Sam Fichera

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Jennifer and Ken Tarasi
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Jennifer and Ken Tarasi

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Pam and George Campbell
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Pam and George Campbell

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Natalie and Gerry Radford
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Natalie and Gerry Radford

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Teri Hansen and Joel Fedder
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Teri Hansen and Joel Fedder

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Doug Elliott and Brigitte Ortiz with Rachael and Don Worthington
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Doug Elliott and Brigitte Ortiz with Rachael and Don Worthington

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Norman and Sylvia Samet with Rochelle and George Stassa
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Norman and Sylvia Samet with Rochelle and George Stassa

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Bob and Victoria Kupec with Chip and Ewa Christian
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Bob and Victoria Kupec with Chip and Ewa Christian

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Donna and Craig Hecker
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Donna and Craig Hecker

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Elena Azuora with her mother Jane Wellard
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Elena Azuora with her mother Jane Wellard

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David Walker, Laurie Smith and Gerry Shaikun
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | David Walker, Laurie Smith and Gerry Shaikun

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Margaret Word Burnside, Aaron Fodiman and Fay Lazaris
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Margaret Word Burnside, Aaron Fodiman and Fay Lazaris

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Aaron Fodiman’s bedazzled bowtie
The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Aaron Fodiman’s bedazzled bowtie

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